St. Charles Health System is proud to support and partner with organizations across Central Oregon through its Community Benefit program.
One such organization is Rimrock Trails Treatment Services, which provides professional mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment programs. Established in Prineville in 1990, Rimrock Trails initially opened as the first residential substance abuse treatment center for youth in Central Oregon. In the years since, it has expanded to provide comprehensive behavioral health services to individuals, families and couples of all ages.
With outpatient treatment centers in Prineville, Redmond and Bend, Rimrock Trails is dedicated to improving the lives of its clients and creating lasting change through evidenced-based treatment in a safe, judgment-free atmosphere. The organization’s mental health therapists are dual-certified as addiction counselors, allowing them to provide integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Having provided specialized treatment to more than 17,000 people since its inception, Rimrock Trails is an invaluable community resource whose services are needed now more than ever.
“We are seeing a tremendous increase in the utilization of our outpatient counseling services, anywhere between an 8% and 37% increase month to month,” said Executive Director Erica Fuller, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing use of social media, particularly among young people, as primary factors. “Clients are definitely coming in with a lot of trauma, social disconnection and loneliness.”
St. Charles has partnered with Rimrock Trails frequently over the years, supporting projects that provide basic-need items and enrichment activities for teens in the residential center. The health system will also sponsor upcoming events such as Kiefer’s Magical Birthday Bash, a family-friendly fundraiser happening March 31 in Prineville and April 1 in Redmond that is open to the public. Created in memory of Kiefer Leutschaft, the annual event raises money for mental health awareness programs and scholarship funds to help supplement treatment costs for clients who may be struggling to pay for services.
If you’d like to support or volunteer with Rimrock Trails or learn more about their services and events, visit their website at www.rimrocktrails.org.